Friends of Kelsey Park

Kelsey Park is situated in Beckenham, in the London borough of Bromley. The Friends are a non-profit organisation founded in 1997, currently consisting of around 600 members, dedicated to its running and maintenance.

The Park opened on 31st May 1913, after the land was purchased by the people of Beckenham, for public use and enjoyment. It is a haven for all kinds of flora and fauna, with over 100 kinds of trees and over 65 species of birds having been recorded, a huge variety of flowers in the spectacular herbaceous border, and a vast array of wildlife.

There is something here for everyone - from rose gardens, water features, and nature trails, to tennis courts and a mini golf course, to a café and playground. Dog owners are welcome on the eastern side of the lake, while those seeking a more tranquil outing can find that peace on the other side on the main lawn by the herbaceous border.

For more information, feel free to look around the website, or visit the Information Centre, which is located near to the Manor Way entrance, and is open on weekends and Bank Holidays.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The situation with the global coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing. We will endevour to keep you up to date here on the website, and on the Friends of Kelsey Park Facebook page.

Park: Kelsey Park is currently open to the public for daily exercise.
Please maintain social distancing, only visit with members of your household, and continue to follow any guidance from Bromley Council, NHS and the UK government. Please be aware that guidance from council and government sites is maintained more frequently and supersedes any information on this site or Facebook.

Facilities: The Information Centre, cafe, playground and toilet facilities are closed.

A Message from the Chair of the Friends of Kelsey Park - 23rd March 2020

Dear Friends,
I hope you are well and, for those of you who like me are in the older age category and with underlying health issues, that you are self-isolating.
Andy and Lauren have decided to close the Information Centre until further notice – mainly for the safety of our lovely volunteers – and Andy has already posted this on Facebook.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to say that, as well as having to cancel the Bat Walks, Heron Watch and the Dawn Chorus Walk, we have now decided that we have no choice but to cancel the Easter Egg Hunts.

In the light of the government advice and the fact that, over this weekend, folk have behaved in an unimaginably irresponsible way by congregating on beaches and in parks, we would be equally irresponsible to continue with the events.
We are asking those people who had booked to go on the Bat Walk to allow us to postpone the event for them, rather than to issue refunds which is impractical at this time. The Churchill theatre has tried to do the same with existing bookings.
The Easter Egg Hunt packs were due to go on sale on Saturday, so no money has yet been taken for those. As I already had a supply of chocolate eggs and bunnies, we have decided to donate those to a foodbank, so families who need food can also give their children a treat.

Nic, our super weekend park ranger, sent me some lovely photos of the blossom, newly in-leaf willow and of the six cute Egyptian geese goslings. I am so missing seeing the new growth, blossom and baby birds!
Please, for as long as the Park remains open (the ruling may be that parks have to close) could you send in any photos you take, so we can have them put on the website for people who are self-isolating, so they can to enjoy this glorious spring.

Lastly, I would draw your attention to a post from my daughter-in-law Lizzie on the Beckenham Appreciation Group Facebook page, about spring. It is wonderful, thoughtful and uplifting.

God bless you all.

We have now added a donation button to our website! It can be found underneath the navigation menu on all pages.

Upcoming Conservation Work
Conservation work to be undertaken on these dates:

  • 8 March,
  • 29 March.

Saturday 28th March - Spring Bat Walk
The event starts at 6:30PM. Please be advised you need to purchase a ticket in advance to attend.

Sunday 5th April - Heron Watch
The event runs from 11AM to 4PM.

Saturday 11th April - Easter Egg Hunts

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